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The Brewers would like better results than an ERA north of 4.00 from this hard-throwing righty. But even though Gallardo isn’t pitching lights out, he has been remarkably consistent. The 26-year-old is dishing out quality starts at an 80 percent clip (12 for 15) this season.
The Brew Crew are 5-1 in Gallardo’s last six trips to the bump and he’s averaging 10.5 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched over his last five appearances.
In the year of the pitcher, great performances - like Masterson’s last start - are easily overlooked. The former Red Sox reliever pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits, no walks and striking out nine for good measure.
It was Masterson’s third consecutive masterful (sorry, couldn’t help myself) outing. He’s allowed just one run over his last 23 innings pitched. Not surprisingly, the under is 3-0 over his last three starts.
Joe Blanton, Philadelphia Phillies (6-6, 5.04 ERA)
Don’t be fooled by the Phillies’ 3-0 record in Blanton’s last three turns in the rotation. Dude is throwing beach balls over the plate. Blanton only gave up six hits over seven innings in his last outing. Problem was that three of those hits were home runs.
Blanton has been tagged for five or more runs in six of his last seven starts.
Barry Zito, San Francisco Giants (5-5, 4.35 ERA)
Can you believe the Giants still have one more year left of Zito after this season? He’s making $19 million this year and will make $20 mil next campaign before the worst contract in history of team sports finally expires.
Zeets is just doing his thing. He surrendered eight runs in just 3.1 innings work in his last outing. The Giants are 0-3 in his last three appearances.
Monday betting tips: Harrington's British Open odds drop
The first game of the Blue Jays-Red Sox series could get a little wet. The early forecast is calling for a 70 percent chance of rain and possible thunderstorms at Fenway Park on Monday night.
Arizona Diamondbacks – The club picked up its four straight win on Sunday, improving its record to 14-6 in the month of June. After getting shutout in back to back games against the Angles, the D’backs have scored 51 runs over their last six games.
Atlanta Braves – The Red Sox knocked around the visiting Braves for a second straight day, dropping Chipper Jones and Company to 4-9 over their last 13 games.
43 – Runs the Red Sox have scored in LHP Felix Doubront’s last five starts. The over is 5-0 over that span.
Injury that shouldn’t be overlooked
Vera Zvonareva, women’s tennis – Zvonareva is coming back from a right shoulder injury that forced her to withdraw from the French Open and a Wimbledon warm-up tourney. She’s the No. 12 player in the world, played in the Wimbledon final in 2010 and was No. 2 in the world as recently as October 2010. Still, she’s plus-money (+120) in her first round match against Mona Barthel, a qualifier caliber tour player.
Game of the day
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants (-113, 7.5)
"There is no way we are not a better team with Kevin Youkilis.” - White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko told reporters about his newest teammate.
Notes and tips
Andy Roddick ended a six match losing streak and a 16-month title drought with a win at Eastbourne. Roddick is having a brutal year and only got into Eastbourne as a wild card entry. The big serving American and 2009 Wimbledon finalist is just 13-13 on the year. He’s -1500 Round 1 favorite on Tuesday against Jamie Baker.
Padraig Harrington’s odds to win the British Open dropped from +3300 to +2500 at the Las Vegas Hotel SuperBook on Sunday. Harrington finished 11 at the Travelers Championship which gives him five top 15 finishes in his last seven PGA Tour events. Paddy won the British Open in 2007 and 2008.
-- Gallardo is 4-1, 3.92 in his last six starts.
-- Westbrook is 2-0, 2.40 in his last couple starts.
-- JSantana is 4-1, 2.65 in his last five starts. Wood has a 2.92 RA in his last four starts.
-- Rodriguez is 2-1, 3.93 in his last three starts.
-- Strasburg is 6-0, 3.25 in his last six starts.
-- Eovaldi has a 2.64 RA in five starts, but Dodgers were outscored 12-5 in losing all five games.
-- Kuroda is 3-1, 2.06 in his last five starts.
-- Grimm won his first MLB start, allowing three runs in six IP.
-- Peavy has a 2.54 RA but no wins in his last four starts. Liriano is 1-2, 2.67 in his last five starts.
-- Hochevar is 1-0, 0.71 in his last couple starts.
-- Blanton has a 7.65 RA in his last seven starts. Karstens is 0-1, 4.50 in three starts, last of which was April 17.
-- Latos has an 8.04 RA in his last five starts.
-- Nolasco is 0-3, 9.39 in his last three starts.
-- Ohlendorf allowed three runs in 4.2 IP in his first start for San Diego.
-- Francis is 0-1, 8.56 in three starts this season.
-- Zito is 0-3, 10.68 in his last three starts.
-- Tomlin is 1-2, 5.32 in his last four starts.
-- Doubrant has 5.79 RA in his last four starts. Alvarez is 0-4, 6.91 in his last seven starts.
-- Porcello is 1-1, 5.29 in his last three starts.
-- Cobb is 1-3, 4.91 in his last four starts.
-- Milone is 0-2, 7.04 in his last four away starts. Ramirez is 0-1, 11.00 in two starts for Seattle.
-- Pirates won six of their last eight games.
-- St Louis won four of its last five games.
-- Mets are 7-5 in last 12 games; they won last three on road.
-- Washington is 15-7 in its last 22 road games.
-- Giants won nine of their last thirteen home games.
-- Bronx Bombers won 12 of their last 15 games. Indians won four of their last six games.
-- Red Sox won nine of their last eleven games. Blue Jays won six of their last nine games.
-- Rangers won seven of their last eight games. Detroit is 6-4 in its last ten away games.
-- White Sox won three of their last four games.
-- Tampa Bay won seven of its last ten road games.
-- A's won nine of their last twelve games.
-- Phillies lost 13 of their last 18 home games.
-- Cincinnati lost five of its last six games. Brewers lost six of their last nine road games.
-- Miami lost 15 of its last 18 games.
-- Cubs lost eight of their last eleven games.
-- San Diego/Houston both lost six of their last nine games.
-- Rockies lost 14 of their last 17 games.
-- Dodgers lost six of their last eight games.
-- Twins lost seven of their last eleven games.
-- Royals lost their last three games, allowing 30 runs.
-- Mariners lost ten of their last fourteen games.
-- Over is 21-8 in Philly's last 29 games.
-- Seven of last nine Milwaukee road games stayed under.
-- 10 of last 15 St Louis games stayed under the total.
-- Four of Cubs' last five gaes stayed under the total.
-- Five of last seven San Diego games stayed under total.
-- Under is 5-1-1 in last seven Washington games.
-- Under is 5-1-1 in Dodgers' last seven games.
-- Under is 7-1-1 in last nine Cleveland road games.
-- Over is 5-1-1 in Toronto's last seven road games.
-- Over is 9-5-1 in last fifteen Texas home games.
-- Four of last five Minnesota games stayed under total.
-- Last three Kansas City games went over the total.
-- Five of last seven Milone starts stayed under the total.
The Dodgers look to take advantage of a San Francisco team that is 3-10 in Barry Zito's last 13 starts against a team with a winning record. LA is the pick (-105) according to Dunkel, which has the Dodgers favored by 1/2. Dunkel Pick: LA Dodgers (-105). Here are all of today's picks.
MONDAY, JUNE 25
Time Posted: 6:00 a.m. EST
Game 951-952: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Pittsburgh (Karstens) 14.435; Philadelphia (Blanton) 14.986
Dunkel Line: Philadelphia by 1/2; 9
Vegas Line: Philadelphia (-145); 8
Dunkel Pick: Philadelphia (-145); Over
Game 953-954: Milwaukee at Cincinnati (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Milwaukee (Gallardo) 15.169; Cincinnati (Latos) 14.708
Dunkel Line: Milwaukee by 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: Cincinnati (-130); 9
Dunkel Pick: Milwaukee (+110); Under
Game 955-956: St. Louis at Miami (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: St. Louis (Westbrook) 15.212; Miami (Nolasco) 15.642
Dunkel Line: Miami by 1/2; 8
Vegas Line: St. Louis (-120); 9
Dunkel Pick: Miami (+100); Under
Game 957-958: NY Mets at Chicago Cubs (8:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: NY Mets (Santana) 16.502; Cubs (Wood) 13.685
Dunkel Line: NY Mets by 3; 10
Vegas Line: NY Mets (-150); No Run Total
Dunkel Pick: NY Mets (-150); N/A
Game 959-960: San Diego at Houston (8:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: San Diego (Ohlendorf) 15.537; Houston (Rodriguez) 13.898
Dunkel Line: San Diego by 1 1/2; 7
Vegas Line: No Line
Dunkel Pick: N/A
Game 961-962: Washington at Colorado (8:40 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Washington (Strasburg) 15.933; Colorado (Francis) 14.640
Dunkel Line: Washington by 1 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: Washington (-170); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Washington (-170); Over
Game 963-964: LA Dodgers at San Francisco (10:15 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: LA Dodgers (Eovaldi) 15.568; San Francisco (Zito) 14.830
Dunkel Line: LA Dodgers by 1/2; 6 1/2
Vegas Line: San Francisco (-115); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: LA Dodgers (-105); Under
Game 965-966: Cleveland at NY Yankees (7:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Cleveland (Tomlin) 13.618; NY Yankees (Kuroda) 16.854
Dunkel Line: NY Yankees by 3; 10
Vegas Line: NY Yankees (-185); 9 1/2
Dunkel Pick: NY Yankees (-185); Over
Game 967-968: Toronto at Boston (7:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto (Alvarez) 16.253; Boston (Doubront) 15.588
Dunkel Line: Toronto by 1/2; 10
Vegas Line: Boston (-150); 10 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Toronto (+130); Under
Game 969-970: Detroit at Texas (8:05 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Detroit (Porcello) 14.886; Texas (Grimm) 15.789
Dunkel Line: Texas by 1; 12
Vegas Line: Texas (-160); 11
Dunkel Pick: Texas (-160); Over
Game 971-972: Chicago White Sox at Minnesota (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: White Sox (Peavy) 15.450; Minnesota (Liriano) 13.936
Dunkel Line: Chicago White Sox by 1 1/2; 8 1/2
Vegas Line: Chicago White Sox (-125); 8
Dunkel Pick: Chicago White Sox (-125); Over
Game 973-974: Tampa Bay at Kansas City (8:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Tampa Bay (Cobb) 14.365; Kansas City (Hochevar) 14.842
Dunkel Line: Kansas City by 1/2; 7 1/2
Vegas Line: Tampa Bay (-120); 8 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Kansas City (+100); Under
Game 975-976: Oakland at Seattle (10:10 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Oakland (Milone) 15.745; Seattle (Ramirez) 14.524
Dunkel Line: Oakland by 1; 7
Vegas Line: Oakland (-125); 7 1/2
Dunkel Pick: Oakland (-125); Under